David Medalla, FF alum, pioneer of auto-creative art, has been invited by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission
to give a lecture at the University of Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 6 p.m.
Medalla’s lecture will take place in the Alta Fine Arts (HFA) 257 of the University of Las Vegas,
4504 South Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV 89154.
The title of David Medalla’s lecture:
‘The Bubble Machine: The Genesis of the First Auto-Creative Sculpture and a new Cosmic Propulsion: Night-Blooming Flower Nourished by the Moon and the Sun‘.
David Medalla will give a special talk about his celebrated bubble machines in the 60s, “Cloud Canyons”, a series of bio kinetic constructions made of transparent perspex, pumps and foam. Illustrated in the book “Art Since 1900” by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and Yve-Alain Bois, the bubble machine is the first auto-creative artwork which challenges the established framework of what constitutes a traditional sculpture.
Medalla’s bubble machine was first exhibited in the United States in 1967 in the show ‘Air Art’ curated by Willoughby Sharp at the University of California in Berkely Art Museum.
That work was reproduced in the book ‘Minimal Art’ by Gregory Battcock.
A new bubble machine by David Medalla will be unveiled on May 19, 2011 at the New Museum in New York City.
Currently based in England, David Medalla is a pioneer of kinetic art, participatory art and live art. His works encapsulate transition in time and mobility that creates a sense of constant change. Medalla has been included in several important contemporary art exhibitions including’ Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form’ (1969) curated by Harald Szeemann, ‘Documenta 5′ (1972) in Kassel, Germany, ‘In Motion’, an Arts Council of Great Britain exhibition, 1966, curated by Guy Brett, ‘Chance and Change’ (1976) curated by Andrew Bogle at the City Art Gallery of Auckland, New Zealand; ‘Voices and Visions’, 1977, curated Sylvia Orozco, at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas;
Travels II’(1989) curated by Chris Dercon at the Clocktower Gallery in New York, ‘Flux Attitudes’ exhibition at the New Museum, New York (1993), ‘L’Informe’ curated by Yves-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1996/97), ‘Life/Live’ curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist at Musee d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1996/1997),’ Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979′ organized by Paul Schimmel at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa curated by Okwui Enwezor (1998) and Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008), curated by Carolyn Christov-Barkagiev.
David Medalla will be introduced by Jevijoe Vitug, who will be exhibiting with Adam Nankervis (Director of Museum Man) and David Medalla in the show entitled ‘Overflow’ at the Space Gallery in Las Vegas which opens on May 5, 2011.
For more inquiries, please contact Kirsten Swenson firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail from David Medalla:
Subject: DAVID MEDALLA’s BUBBLE-MACHINE ‘CLOUD CANYON’; THE FIRST AUTO-CREATIVE SCULPTURE, SELECTED BY THE NEW MUSEUM AS ICONIC WORK OF MODERN ART.
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 12:50:02 +0000
DAVID MEDALLA’s BUBBLE-MACHINE ‘CLOUD CANYON’, THE FIRST AUTO-CREATIVE SCULPTURE, WAS SELECTED BY THE NEW MUSEUM OF NEW YORK AS AN ICONIC WORK OF MODERN ART.
DAVID MEDALLA’s ‘CLOUD CANYON’ WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE ALCOVE BESIDE THE STAIRCASE CONNECTING TWO MAIN GALLERIES OF THE NEW MUSEUM ON THE BOWERY IN MANHATTAN, NYC, FROM MAY 19, 2011 TO JULY 2011. THE SHOW IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, FROM 11 a.m. TO NOON, YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO MEET THE ARTIST IN THE GROUND FLOOR CAFE OF THE NEW MUSEUM. AFTERWARDS DAVID MEDALLA WILL TAKE YOU TO SEE HIS ‘CLOUD CANYON’, A LEGENDARY AND CELEBRATED WORK OF MODERN ART.